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Forum topic by ScottinTexas posted 02-09-2013 02:00 AM 1959 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I know virtually nothing about hand planes. Has anyone found a good tutorial for a beginner? Something beyond what the parts are – like how to set the depth of the iron, different planes for uses, irons what are flat vs curved and why you would use one or the other, grain direction concerns, things like that. Maybe a video class? I’m looking around for a hands-on classroom experience eventually but I don’t want to wait until that happens to cover the basics.


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#1 posted 02-09-2013 02:08 AM

I would start with ’’the hand plane book’’ by Garret Hack.

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 03:09 AM

I agree with Don’s suggestion. I would add that the videos “Hand Plane Basics” and “Coarse, Medium and Fine”, both by Chris Schwarz, are also excellent.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 03:15 AM

Here’s my response to pretty much the same question the other day. It’s a video that covers the basic essentials.

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 04:58 AM

I figured there were lots of books out there but if there is one that stands out, that helps. Two suggestions for the Hack book is helpful.

And there is more crossover, sikrap mentioned Schwarz and lo and behold Underhill and Schwartz were in that video BTimmons links! Excellent. Love the video, BT. Underhill got me interested in woodworking long before I ever thought it feasible to do. What gets me about him is he doesn’t seem he would be as funny as he is. That video told me quite a bit. Thanks.

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 01:15 PM

There are other videos/books out there that could be very helpful. You might want to check your local library and see what they have available. Just a bit of warning….you’re gonna love hand planes. :))

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 02:24 PM

I have both of Garrett Hacks books and they are real good. You may just want the plane book but you can buy them both on Amazon as a set.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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